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How do I restore a bkf file created under W2K Pro to XP?

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I was in the administrator group on W2K box and I'm the administrator on my new XP machine.  Used Windows Backup wizard on W2K to create bkf file on DVD.  Actually, the bkf file was written to hard drive and then burned to DVD - not sure of burning software used.  When using MS Restore wizard to restore to XP, get "Unrecognized Media" titled popup stating "The backup file contains unrecognized data and cannot be read."  Any options besides buying a $100 backup/restore utility?
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by:Irwin Santos
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copy the .bkf file to your hardrive.. then make sure it is NOT read only.

When you restore, point to this file.
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Tried that - get the same  error mesage.
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The XP drive is DVD readable right?  In addition if you burn DVD-RW, then you need to have a DVD-RW drive to read the data.  Perhaps temporarily swap out the drive from the W2k box to the XP box.
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by:lrwlrw
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I no longer have access to the W2K box and the XP drive is definitely Dell combo CDRW/DVD drive.  The W2K burner might have been a DVD-RW but it's highly unlikely.
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by:Irwin Santos
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It's probably having a hard time reading the file created on a different drive.
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Irwin Santos earned 1000 total points
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Objection...

To supplement my comments.

- UDF writing produces non-standard discs and that has all kinds of compatability and reliability problems.  
- CD-RW media itself is unstable and has very poor long-term reliability.  It basically "fades" and the data is quite often lost, over a period of weeks to months.
- utilizing the same drive to read from a restore, provides the most reliable mechanism for reading datat that has been written to said drive.

The failure of one or a combination of all the above comments would deem no conclusion, and there is no fix for this unless the above is resolved. So I refer to
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi54

It can't be done with the current system.


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by:Irwin Santos
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cool.. thank you!
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by:lrwlrw
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For the only effort made to answer my question, I have no objection to irwinpks getting the points.  But it wasn't CD-RW media, it was DVD-R media and I did find a Dell machine here at my new digs that is almost identical to the PC on which the the disk was burned - still no luck, although I'm not giving up.  The question can be closed.
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by:Irwin Santos
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@Irwlrw...I failed to included DVD-RW media...but the physics apply to those as well.

One last offering to assist...duplicate the DVD by burning at the lowest possible speed, and use the copy.  Use whatever DVD burning software you can get your hands on to make a good copy.
Still no go?
http://www.burnworld.com/software/dvdburning/disc-repair.htm
http://www.cdroller.com/

I kinda feel for you as at least you had a backup...,plus I almost typed my name when I was addressing you ;-)
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